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Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Product Info, Remodeling Tips & Articles

We took a chance on Solar and it’s paying off

Despite clouds and rain, solar panels operate at greater efficiency in cooler climates, making the Northwest an optimal climate for adding solar panels to Mid-Valley homes and businesses.

Solar PanelsNot long ago, my father, Dale came to me and said “I have decided I want to add solar panels to the top of our office building.” He continued to tell me that he believed in the power of solar energy, so much so that maybe all homeowners need is a little push. Someone else to take the leap and pave the way. Dale decided he would be the one to do it, in the Mid-Willamette Valley area at-least. After a very detailed and involved process of running numbers, analyzing data and talking with the most knowledgeable people in solar that we could find, he made the decision to move forward. We were eager to see the results of what solar energy could do for us, and in return how we could help our own clients and colleagues in the future.

After one year of tracking our energy use and costs, we learned that we had saved over $850 in one year… that’s a 25% reduction from our previous years energy bills. What’s even better? We noticed no major changes to our daily operations. Business and life mostly stayed the same… with a pretty nice chunk of savings along the way.

The Dale’s Remodeling office used to be a run-down home that Dale remodeled after moving his our family & his business from where he began, in Stayton, OR. However, our building uses more energy than most households because of computer and contracting equipment, special lighting and other tools needed to run a business. Even with this greater need, the results are significant.
The best part about adding solar panels is that the property value goes up, while property taxes stay the same. We found that not only are we reducing our carbon footprint, but we are also reducing our monthly electricity bill by 10-15%. Those kind of savings really add up, and they will for homeowners, too.

Oregon is one of the best states for rebates and incentives, including the Federal Tax Credit, Energy Trust of Oregon Rebate and the Oregon State Tax Credit. Commercial properties receive an extra 100% bonus depreciation.

After a year of testing and tracking our own solar panels, we were eager to share the benefits of solar with our clients and keep the carbon footprint going. I’m sure not everyone is sold on solar energy after reading this, we simply wanted to share the results of our own experiment! If you are ever curious… stop on by if you’re in the neighborhood!

For a fun list of Solar Myth’s, see our Top 7 Solar Myths, created by yours truly 🙂


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